Dear Customer, thank you for choosing Just Answer. Your former attorney does have the right to sue you for the claimed attorney's fees. However, you also have a right to file a cross-complaint for professional negligence ("legal malpractice") based on the errors and ommissions you have cited. I cannot predict the outcome of your suit, legal malpractice cases are complex as they require evaluation of the underlying case in addition to the instant case, but you certainly can bring these in response to a suit for fees.
It is almost always better to be represented by counsel in a lawsuit (especially when you are facing an attorney), not that we are any smarter, but we do have a lot more experience in the procedures and rules, and can help you avoid the pitfalls associated with civil litigation.
If you do decide to retain an attorney, check your legal services agreement with this first attorney, perhaps it has an "attorney's fees clause" which will entitle you to recover your fees in the event you successfully defend your claim.
I am going to contact attorney's tomorrow and report her to the ethic's board and file a counter claim. I could blow your mind with this case and the shit that's gone on, Thank you for the answer.
You are welcome, thank you for using our service. I am sorry to learn of this unfortunate conduct, and I hope that you are able to get a successful resolution out of this matter quickly.
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